The American Lighthouse Cookbook celebrates the local cuisines that have long been the staples of lighthouse keepers and their families. Arranged geographically in eight regions of America, the lighthouses were chosen for their interesting backgrounds and stories. Following the story of each lighthouse is a menu for a modern-day lighthouse meal. Each of the approximately 300 recipes captures the essence of the local foods available to lighthouse keepers from the 1700s through today. Some of the recipes have been contributed by lighthouse societies, inns, and individuals. The rest have been developed by Chef Ed Jackson.